18-year-old arrested after contractor shot during robbery on Northside

RICHMOND, Va. – A man has been arrested in connection to a shooting nearly two weeks ago that left a contractor in life-threatening condition.

Workers said a contractor was shot during the robbery in a Northside neighborhood -- just blocks away from Linwood Holton Elementary School -- on November 1.

Officers responded to the 1400 block of Avondale Avenue near W Laburnum Avenue for the report of a shooting at approximately 1:08 p.m. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to the hospital with a life-threatening injury.  His condition has since been upgraded to non-life threatening.

Painters working at a house on Avondale said the man who was shot was their boss.

Those workers said they saw a man walking down the street approach their boss' van before he was shot.

The suspect then fled down the street, according to the workers.

Neighbors who live nearby were stunned by the violence because they said the area is safe and quiet.

"We’ve been here for 32, 33 years and I mean nothing has happened," Tim Bowring said. "Not even as far as a break-in, that I know of."

On November 14, Richmond Police arrested  Micha L. Smith, 18, of the 400 block of Hazelhurst Avenue in connection to the shooting.

Micha L. Smith

Smith was charged with Attempted Murder and the Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000, or they may visit http://www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used.

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